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Old 07-13-2011, 02:03 AM   #1021
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thank you very much,

i caught him...in self defense...but he was in the 350 lbs range
& i am not as young as i used to be. he was like a swimmer
drowning so we really tangle. he had the baby in one hand
2-4 mos., but he had very big hands. it happened so fast,
that i did not stop to thing about my camera. kind of
like the kid in the christmas story.....holding the tire bolts.
it was there one second & gone the next.

we are dvc members & just did the alaska cruise. we only had
a standard room, on the third floor but the view was out of
this world.

our two days were beautiful. there were certain things we were
trying for, but after the cruise..we were dragging. however, we
still accomplished 90% of it. i tok alot of pictures of the pinocchio
ride..because in 1960, that was my first disney movie. the
last time we were there ( 2008-pc cruise), small world was being
worked on. this was a goal because of the world' fair. i took
pictures of all the new dolls dressed as the disney movies-
cindy, alice, stitch, mulan {above on the carpet],
toy story- jesse/woody on ponies- so forth. why? we have
2 adult sons, and then blessed with a big surprise. she has
been doing disney since she was 2. she's now 14. almost
every time the characters -any character see her..they
refer to her as "ariel". that isn't her name but if ever saw her ,
you would think she was.

in reality, all of our trips since 99 - & dvc [ we're blt owners ],
is because of her! this was the first time i have caught the
little show from the clock. ! that's because my wife
& lil' ariel was shopping in the small world store.

we did the lil'-boats...& took pictures of the lil'~castles. it was
a fun thing to do on such a pretty day. { our first day , was
less crowded by far!]

we wore these matching shirts- they're of a real mouse trying on
mickey clothes. every where we went..cast members/ guests
were asking us about them.

want know what really impressed us? the castle "walk through"
re-telling the sleeping beauty story. my lil'-camera may have been
cheap..but it took great pictures of that!

yes, we rode the new star wars 4x. 3 were different. the one we
liked the most was with the robot & going into the sea. wanta
to be the spy?..make sure to "wait" to be instructed to put
on your glasses. * noticed- none with glasses on?


goofy helped the band outside the firehouse. i 'm going to miss
those pictures.

for reasons i don't know..my daughter's favorite ride is mr. toad!
twice now, we have not ridden the pooh ride. her second was
the cure lil'~monster inc. ride. any ride i get to set down is my
favorite.

we brought the cute little character key-chains & placed them
on our baggage. wants know what was the longest time for?
to see the tangle girl! have you taken a picture of the tower
outside the greeting area? oh, the wait was always 2 hrs or more
when we checked. wow! [ lucky us, we did it last christmas @ wdw.
somehow , pasquel ended on top of my head. ] what my daughter
wanted to do, was a picture without her pony tail. i have no
idea why?

2 movies that we think are outstanding & disney liked--are rango-
does have johnny depp- & "despicable me."

tid bit....on our first visit , 2008, we met a very nice
cast member. he was a cousin of donnie /marie. by chance my
wife 's uncle was the osmonds' tour driver. he gave us special
fast passes. however, my daughter became ill so we never
got to used them. this time, we asked & the gave us new ones.
...here's the , they kept giving us them back
after we used them. wasn't that lucky?

we met some college students working on their degrees. they
& us, + the guide @ the lil'~mermaid gave us an extra ride.
well after all..shouldn't there been @ least one perk for being the
father of the real ariel?

we did the picnic! and glad we did! however, sometimes too much
magic is bothersome.....the lady on the mickey wheel kept us
on for extra ride but that also made us late getting in. my
14 y/o is taller than me. but we made friends with everyone
around so i still got to see.

one dangerous situation was afterward. those coming for the second
show made a complete wall [near the grizzle mill] because there
were not enough staff to prevent it. they were blocking our way to
return back to our hotel.

pictures? i took those posters in the window on main street to match
the ones we did 2008. you have to take them @ angle to reduced
the glass refection. i think they are new dvd releases...but i am
too disappointed to recall. if you are near [ on the left side
@ the beginning ] , would be grateful. we used them as our
family tradition....showing what's out when were there.

we were amazed @ the painting --how they did forced perception!
we watched & saw..and still couldn't believe the results when
others posed for pictures.

sorry for talking so much. hope i didn't bored your readers too much.


why? your pictures....it is self evident that you have a great
appreciation for the true meanings of disneyland & a keen eye
in capturing its best feelings. in that it's more than pure talent,
but the insights to find the lil'things that makes it special. there
are many pictures we took the same thing...like the lamp-posts /
signs.

christmas -2007, i spent it by traveling all over wdw, for the same
kind of pictures.

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Old 07-14-2011, 01:00 PM   #1022
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Your welcome Lil' Grumpy

You and your family had a great time at DL. It was also neat that you and your family had matching t-shirts for the trip. Got to ride ST 4 times during your trip and your favorite scene was the Naboo scene underwater to the Gungan City.

Thank you for the details on your TR and I'm glad that you like my pictures.
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:42 AM   #1023
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oops , made a few mistakes. hope it makes better sense now.

lil'details, are the things i think make any disney trip special.
in my case, some caught me by surprise. others took over
30 years to be connected.

for example, i didn't know it but the picnic meal came in a
box similar to a "happy meal". for some strange reason, we
saved our sons' ones from 1988, that's a 24 years spread.

the person who really taught me what a disney experience
could mean, happened to been a stranger- & 2 year old.
we're were going back to the wildness lodge on one of
those lil' boats, & her mother asked if her daughter could
sit next to our daughter. she explained that her daughter
"believe" she was the real ariel. our daughter wasn't even 5
years old, & had no idea what was going on. looking
back , i wished i took this picture. she had stars in eyes.

a few weeks afterward, i was babysitting when i caught my
daughter re-doing her "ariel scene". so i sneak & got the
camera,





here's the first picture window in 08, {our first @ disneyland] ,




& sharing one of my lil'detail pic,





i think the current pic is a tangle one, but i could be wrong. also my
computer jumping around so i hope it came out [ pictures].


fyi~ though i was searching for recent & similar pictures, yours peaked
my interest so i read all your stories. [ i sure hope some day to make
it out for christmas!]. what i thought, you have created a neat lil'-
story book & an excellent "insider" guide. i would like to suggest~
would be making a copy so you compare & keep an ongoing
journal. [ i wish i have done that with our first trips as i have
forgotten so much]

thanks again. & looking forward toward reading more of your adventures.

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Old 07-17-2011, 01:37 PM   #1024
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Hi Brett - I just finished reading your tow most recent TR's and I feel like I have learned quite a bit as we prepare for our first DL trip. I am a big WDW fan - been six times. DH likes it more now b/c we are seing things thru her eyes, but he is not big on rides at all. Thankfully my DD, who will be almost 6 when go to DL in November, LOVES thrill rides! She is a bit petite so she is only now barely tall enough for Space, Splash, BMTRR and Soarin. We didnt do any of those last year when she had her first WDW trip so this will be exciting for us.

And we are surprising her - she thinks we are going to San Diego to Sea World, which we are, but the first few days will be at DL - we are not telling her till we are on the plane to Orange County!

We are planning on getting passes to WoC by eating at Ariels Grotto - a girl has the get her princess experience!

Thanks for the pics, great details, etc. I am a big plaaner so I like reading good TRs to help me get the lay of the land. Add in Ridemax and we should be good to go - we only have 2 days in DL and DCA (with the first evening in DTD) so i want to maximize it. Your TRs help a lot!

Have fun at D23 Expo!
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Your DD Lil' Grumpy looks so cute in the photo. The window picture of the LM is very nice.

When I did the first few TRs, I have trouble of remember everything where I went and what I did on those days. When I got back home or back to the hotel room to do the TR, I always try to remember what I did. Then by taking pictures of where I have walked and looked at the time of the picture taken, I could tell what I have done and what I did on those days. I have tried using notes on my iTouch/iPad and I can't remember everything I did. So it is easier to just take pictures of what I did on those days and made it easier to tell the story.

Thank you for coming along and hope this upcoming trip next month will go smoothly. I can't wait to go during the D23 Expo and see what the Disney Company have in stored for this year after the first Expo back in 2009.
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Hi Brett - I just finished reading your tow most recent TR's and I feel like I have learned quite a bit as we prepare for our first DL trip. I am a big WDW fan - been six times. DH likes it more now b/c we are seing things thru her eyes, but he is not big on rides at all. Thankfully my DD, who will be almost 6 when go to DL in November, LOVES thrill rides! She is a bit petite so she is only now barely tall enough for Space, Splash, BMTRR and Soarin. We didnt do any of those last year when she had her first WDW trip so this will be exciting for us.

And we are surprising her - she thinks we are going to San Diego to Sea World, which we are, but the first few days will be at DL - we are not telling her till we are on the plane to Orange County!

We are planning on getting passes to WoC by eating at Ariels Grotto - a girl has the get her princess experience!

Thanks for the pics, great details, etc. I am a big plaaner so I like reading good TRs to help me get the lay of the land. Add in Ridemax and we should be good to go - we only have 2 days in DL and DCA (with the first evening in DTD) so i want to maximize it. Your TRs help a lot!

Have fun at D23 Expo!
Thank you Guatemommy for reading my TR. I hope that you and your family have a magical time at DL in November. R u going to be at DL during the Holiday season? I looked at your countdown and it looks like it is the first week of November. But I could be wrong, just wondering what day you will be down there. It is always good to hear that everyone in your family loves to go to the Disney parks. Your DD will love the rides at DL.

That is great for your DD that you are surprising her and telling her that you are going to DL as well as Sea World.

You will love eating at AG and get the WoC dining FPs. If you haven't seen the World of Color SuperThread yet, I would check it out and you can get the full experience of the show. It is important that you get there early since you don't want to be in front of people during the show. It is not pleasant if you have to look through someone.

Your welcome. I like to plan of what I want to do during each of my visits so I could get the fullest out of everything and don't have to wait in those long lines during the day. RideMax is a great program to use and I use it at both the DLR and WDW. It has helped me a lot and saved me lots of time at both resorts. With RideMax and also if you have Mousewait app for the smart phones, you can get the fullest out of everything at the parks.

Once again, have a great trip to DL in a few months. Are you going to write a TR for your upcoming DL trip and if so, I will follow along.

Thank you. I hope the D23 Expo will be good just like the first one.
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Yes - we are going in the first week of November so I don't know if we will see holiday stuff or not. I think we are catching the in-between time right after Halloween and right before Christmas starts. It is still Disney and we will still have a good time - we actually switched our trip around to go to Dis first so we could be there on days when fireworks and WoC would be playing as i understand they dont run during the early part of the week that time of year.

I will prob do a TR when we return. I did more of a dining review than a full-blown TR after last year's 10-day trip to WDW. We had free dining and I wanted to keep track of it all to see how we really fared. 10 days was a lot to remember. But DH is totally against food porn so it lacked the luster of others' reports!

Since we will be in DL for 2 days and one DTD night, I think I could easily share my thoughts!
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Yes - we are going in the first week of November so I don't know if we will see holiday stuff or not. I think we are catching the in-between time right after Halloween and right before Christmas starts. It is still Disney and we will still have a good time - we actually switched our trip around to go to Dis first so we could be there on days when fireworks and WoC would be playing as i understand they dont run during the early part of the week that time of year.

I will prob do a TR when we return. I did more of a dining review than a full-blown TR after last year's 10-day trip to WDW. We had free dining and I wanted to keep track of it all to see how we really fared. 10 days was a lot to remember. But DH is totally against food porn so it lacked the luster of others' reports!

Since we will be in DL for 2 days and one DTD night, I think I could easily share my thoughts!
You should be able to see some Holiday decorations when the DLR takes down the Halloween decorations. The micechat Dateline Disneyland 11/1/10 showed that some of the lands at DL are decorated with the Holiday overlay.

It is always neat to see Halloween and Holiday decorations at the park at the same time.

Since you are going during the first week of November, the fireworks will be running on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The fireworks that will be running during your time will be RDCT. You will love that firework show at DL. The other days are the non-busy days so they won't be running the fireworks on the weekdays. But for WoC, it will be running every night.

I can't wait to read your TR.
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wowsers! , i didn't realized how "talkative" i was! hope you
realized how thankful i was to find your report and your
kindness to share your pictures. [ sorry i got carry away].

the one picture that got away....was a long time ago-
when that little girl thought my daughter was the real
ariel. she was in awe, looking up @ my daughter, who
had no idea what was going on. i wish i took their picture.
it wasn't later until we were @ home when she "made"
up her ariel outfits did i realized how important it
was. it is still my favorite moment & it came from strangers.

however, maybe i can return the favor...regarding the "D23"
club. we are not members but we are doing this year member
cruise. last year they gave us all the "stuff" left over.
[ quite-a-bit ]. so if there are something you missed or
something you need, & we have it- or disney give us this
year ( we're on this year meber cruise too) , let us know, & we 'll
mail it to you.

we only have been to disneyland twice. while we have been
going to wdw since the 70's. [ gosha darn- i' m old]. we
were worry by the reports here "how small" it was compared
to wdw. but too us, it just made it personal & more cozy.
anyone liking wdw, will love disneyland- "a must do!"

again, i really enjoyed reading all of your trips- they are a
wonderful adventure... & a great guide for anyone going the
first time.
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wowsers! , i didn't realized how "talkative" i was! hope you
realized how thankful i was to find your report and your
kindness to share your pictures. [ sorry i got carry away].

the one picture that got away....was a long time ago-
when that little girl thought my daughter was the real
ariel. she was in awe, looking up @ my daughter, who
had no idea what was going on. i wish i took their picture.
it wasn't later until we were @ home when she "made"
up her ariel outfits did i realized how important it
was. it is still my favorite moment & it came from strangers.

however, maybe i can return the favor...regarding the "D23"
club. we are not members but we are doing this year member
cruise. last year they gave us all the "stuff" left over.
[ quite-a-bit ]. so if there are something you missed or
something you need, & we have it- or disney give us this
year ( we're on this year meber cruise too) , let us know, & we 'll
mail it to you.

we only have been to disneyland twice. while we have been
going to wdw since the 70's. [ gosha darn- i' m old]. we
were worry by the reports here "how small" it was compared
to wdw. but too us, it just made it personal & more cozy.
anyone liking wdw, will love disneyland- "a must do!"

again, i really enjoyed reading all of your trips- they are a
wonderful adventure... & a great guide for anyone going the
first time.
It is no problem. It is always nice to see another DISer to come along this thread.

That was neat to hear that a little girl thought that your DD was Ariel.

Thank you, but I don't want anything. Hope you have a great time during the cruise. I'm just glad that I can help you and your family.

The good thing about the DLR to WDW is that it is the original park and you don't have to do a lot of traveling to the other parks or other recreational activities. It does take awhile to go from the MK to Epcot etc. I have no problem with taking the buses, monorails, ferries, etc. since it does make it special to ride those vehicles. WDW is 150 times the size of the DLR, but the size doesn't matter to me since it is fun and enjoyable to be in. When you are done at DL you will be at DCA in just less than 5 minutes.

Thank you very much.
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Love the TR Bret!! I will be at the d23 expo.
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Love the TR Bret!! I will be at the d23 expo.
Thank you Kaitlin You have a great time at the D23 Expo too.

What are you looking forward too at the D23 Expo?
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Thank you Kaitlin You have a great time at the D23 Expo too.

What are you looking forward too at the D23 Expo?
The Shake It Up Cast and the Legends. I hope to meet the princesses. What about you?
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The Shake It Up Cast and the Legends. I hope to meet the princesses. What about you?
Hope you get to meet the princesses at the Expo.

I am looking forward to the Legends Ceremony, Walt Disney Park and Resorts at the Arena, and the Lion King 3D. Just waiting for more info from the D23 Expo website so I can see what is happening.

I am also looking forward to the D23 Expo Dream Store to buy some D23 Expo merchandise.
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Hope you get to meet the princesses at the Expo.

I am looking forward to the Legends Ceremony, Walt Disney Park and Resorts at the Arena, and the Lion King 3D. Just waiting for more info from the D23 Expo website so I can see what is happening.

I am also looking forward to the D23 Expo Dream Store to buy some D23 Expo merchandise.
Oh yeah!! I forgot about the store and the Walt Disney Park and Resorts. I'm mostly looking forward to the Shake It Up Cast.
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